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Only Three Weeks to Go!

September 1, 2016

Now that it’s September, the 22nd annual Word Vancouver festival is just around the bend! Join us for the main festival day on Sunday, September 25 in and around the Central Branch of the Vancouver Public Library, and for our satellite events taking place throughout the city from Wednesday, September 21 to Saturday, September 24.

The big Sunday event will once again feature our exhibitor marketplace, readings, panel discussions, writing workshops, site performers, family activities, and more, but you’ll notice our venue names have changed this year!

Community Garden will feature author presentations including Mark Leiren-Young (The Killer Whale Who Changed the World), Darcy Matheson (Greening Your Pet Care), Joy Kogawa (Gently to Nagasaki), Ujjal Dosanjh (Journey After Midnight), and Carmen Aguirre (Mexican Hooker #1), as well as an eco-fiction session and the panel “Writing From Within: Memoir and Identity.”

Joy Kogawa - blog

Joy Kogawa

At The Lions you’ll find authors such as Paul Yee (A Superior Man), Anosh Irani (The Parcel), Jennifer Croll (Bad Girls of Fashion), and Bif Naked (I, Bificus), as well as a presentation by VPL Writer in Residence Sam Wiebe and the panel “Inclusive Magazine Publishing: Barriers and Strategies for Writers and Publishers.”

Suspension Bridge will have two panels, “Demystifying the Submission Process” and “Fresh Blood,” a PRISM international showcase, and author readings from Yasuko Thanh (Mysterious Fragrance of the Yellow Mountains), Jen Sookfong Lee (The Conjoined), Ronald Wright (The Gold Eaters), Charles Demers (The Dad Dialogues), and more.

Our poetry venue will move back into a tent this year and is called Sunrise Suite. Here you’ll find readings by Kim Fu (How Festive the Ambulance), Garry Gottfriedson (Deaf Heaven), Carla Funk (Gloryland), Juliane Okot Bitek (100 Days), and bill bissett (th book), as well as presentations from the Dead Poets Reading Series and six of the 2016 Poetry in Transit poets.

Kim Fu

Kim Fu

The Underground will once again feature comics and chapbook programming, including “Chapbook Races with Kevin Spenst,” the panel “Comics and the Creative Process,” “Drawing Autobiographical Comics with Sean Karemaker,” and chapbook readings from Leaf Press and above/ground press authors.

You’ll find more workshops and author presentations in Port of View and Perspective Point, including “Family as Inspiration: A Fiction Workshop with Simon Choa-Johnston” and “Invitation to English Tanka with Kozue Uzawa” in Port of View; and “Chalk Talk with Lynn Johnston,” an author presentation by Erik Bjarnason (Surviving Logan), “The Hustle with JJ Lee,” and “Creating an Excellent Book with Craig Shemilt” in Perspective Point.

Children’s and family programming will be found at The Quay, Imagination Island, and The Dock. The Quay will feature readings including Ellen Schwartz (Heart of a Champion), Uma Krishnaswami (Book Uncle and Me), Jordan Stratford (The Case of the Girl in Grey), and Laura Bifano (In the Red Canoe); and drawing workshops with For Better or For Worse creator Lynn Johnston. On Imagination Island, families and kids will find plenty of fun interactive activities, such as literary art making, book-making stations, trivia, and more. Performances at The Dock will include M’Girl, Dixie Star Storytelling, Fiddlin’ Frenzy, and Vancouver Youth Theatre.

Jordan Stratford

Jordan Stratford

In addition to our Sunday programming, we also invite you to join us on Wednesday, September 21 at The Emerald for the Poetry in Transit 20th–Anniversary Celebration; Thursday, September 22 at Banyen Books & Sound for a presentation and book signing with Mark L. Winston (Bee Time: Lessons from the Hive) and The Cottage Bistro for the Twisted Poets Literary Salon; Friday, September 23 at Christianne’s Lyceum for An Evening of Faerie Magic and Historic Joy Kogawa House for “Sober Second Thoughts with Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall”; and Saturday, September 24 at The HiVE for a day of professional development workshops, Carnegie Community Centre for Type Up!, and CBC Studio 700 for the Pandora’s Collective Literary Awards Gala.

Be sure to check out the official program guide for a full listing of events, or the Schedule page on our website for the most up-to-date information.


Word Vancouver is Back in 3 Weeks!

September 3, 2015

In just three weeks, Word Vancouver will return for its 21st annual festival! The main festival day will take place at Library Square on Sunday, September 27, with satellite events taking place at locations throughout the city from Wednesday, September 23 to Saturday, September 26. And as always, everything is FREE!

BeyondThePaleOur main festival day you know and love will feature an exhibitor marketplace, author readings, workshops, panel discussions, entertainment, and more. Author readings will include Arthur Black (Paint the Town Black), Stan Persky (Post-Communist Stories), Emily Urquhart (Beyond the Pale), and George Bowering (Ten Women) in Canada Writes; Rachel Hartman (Shadow Scale), Owen Laukkanen (The Stolen Ones), and Ashley Little (VPL Writer in Residence) in Authors’ Words; Julie Flett (Dragonfly Kites), Robin Stevenson (The Summer We Saved the Bees), and Troy Wilson (The Duck Says) in Kids’ Words; and Sandy Shreve (Waiting for the Albatross), Daphne Marlatt (Liquidities), Chelene Knight (Braided Skin), and John Pass (Forecast) in Poetry On The Bus.

At the same time these author readings are taking place, you will also find workshops and panels such as “How to Captivate Readers through the Senses with Helen Polychronakos” and “Getting Started and Staying Motivated as a Published Children’s Book Author” in Ricepaper_cover_20.2Writing Talks and Word Talks; and Magazine Words will once again feature presentations, readings, and panels from local literary magazines such as Room Magazine and Ricepaper Magazine.

New for this year’s festival are Underground Words + Art, featuring comic and chapbook exhibitors and programming, and the Family Stage, featuring family friendly activities and entertainment. Programming in Underground Words + Art will include a “Comics Workshop for Beginners with David Lasky,” readings from the chapbook Cascadia, and the panel “Comics: DIY and Self-Publishing.” Family Stage programming will include Dixie Star Storytelling, Vancouver Youth Theatre, and Fiddlin’ Frenzy.

Grant-Lawrence-hires-cbcIn addition to the main festival day programming, you are invited to join us on Wednesday, September 23 at SFU Harbour Centre for the Launch Party for The Revolving City: 51 Poems and the Stories Behind Them; Thursday, September 24 at The Cottage Bistro for Pandora’s Collective Twisted Poets Literary Salon; Friday, September 25 at Christianne’s Lyceum for “Adventure Awaits,” Banyen Books & Sound for a presentation and book signing with Kemila Zsange, Historic Joy Kogawa House for “Adventures in Song and Story with Grant Lawrence,” and CBC Studio 700 for the Pandora’s Collective Literary Awards Gala; and Saturday, September 26 at the VPL Central Branch for a full day of professional development sessions on a variety of topics.

For a full list of programming, take a look at our official program guide, or visit the Schedule page on our website for the most up-to-date information.


Another Year, Another Fabulous Festival

October 6, 2014

Our 20th annual festival was a whale of a good time! Following events at The Paper Hound, Banyen Books & Sound, The Cottage Bistro, Christianne’s Lyceum, Historic Joy Kogawa House, VPL Central Branch, and SFU Harbour Centre from Wednesday, September 24 to Saturday, September 27, our main festival day returned to Library Square on Sunday, September 28 in all its glory. With clear blue skies above, festival attendees enjoyed entertaining performances, thought-inspiring readings, educational workshops, and more!


New to this year’s festival were the Words On Chapbooks venue, which featured chapbook exhibitors, readings, and a panel; and the Pop-Up Magazine Stand, where free magazines were given out to passers by in downtown Vancouver during festival week.

Did we mention that all the events were 100% free? Here at Word Vancouver, we believe that that is one of the best things about the festival, and that’s why we introduced our Keeping It Free campaign this year. Thank you to all the donors who donated to the campaign through Indiegogo. We appreciate your support of the festival!

We are already looking forward to next year’s festival, and we hope to see you all there again!


Word Vancouver Returns in 2 Weeks!

September 9, 2014

Word Vancouver returns for it’s 20th annual festival this month, and we’re very excited about it! Join us at Library Square on Sunday, September 28 for the main festival day you know and love, as well as at the other venues hosting awesome events throughout Vancouver from September 24-27.

northerndancer_hcOur main festival day will once again host our bustling exhibitor marketplace and be jam packed with a huge variety of presentations, activities, and entertainment. Author readings will include Ashley Spires (The Most Magnificent Thing) and Sarah Ellis (Outside In) in Kids Words; Janet Rogers (Peace in Duress), Billeh Nickerson (Artificial Cherry), and Renée Sarojini Saklikar (children of air india: un/authorized exhibits and interjections) in Poetry On The Bus; Nancy Lee (The Age), Grant Lawrence (The Lonely End of the Rink: Confessions of a Reluctant Goalie), and Kevin Chong (Northern Dancer) in Canada Writes.

Prism Mag CoverIn addition to all the awesome author readings, we will also have a number of presentations from local literary magazines, including subTerrainEVENT, and PRISM international, in Magazine Words. If you love panel discussions, be sure to check out Word Talks. You’ll learn from the experts about “Getting Started and Staying Motivated as a Published Children’s Book Author or Illustrator,” “The Importance of Diversity in the Publishing Industry,” and “Creating Outside the Box.” As always, there will also be a wonderful variety of workshops in Writing Talks, including “Have You Started Writing Your Memoirs Yet?” with Naomi Beth Wakan and “Book Design for Self-Publishers” with Peter Cocking. Many more workshops will take place at the Vancouver Public Library Central Branch on Saturday, September 27 as well.

Fiddlin' FrenzyReturning to this year’s festival will be our beloved Mainstage hosted by comedian David C. Jones. Here you will find performances by Kai and Lia Gronberg of Fiddlin’ Frenzy, Barbara Adler and Ten Thousand Wolves, and Calvin “Kalvonix” Tiu and Rick “Big Love” Kumar in “The Stuff Dreams Are Made Of.”

A new addition to this year’s festival is the Words On Chapbooks venue. Here you will find chapbook exhibitors, readings, and a panel discussion. For another great chapbook event, register for Heidi Greco and S.R. Duncan’s chapbook-making workshop entitled “Chapbooks: From Inspiration to Marketing,” which will take place at SFU Harbour Centre on Saturday, September 27.

secret life of babies rgbIn addition to our main festival day and the workshops taking place on Saturday, September 27, there will also be readings and events held at The Paper Hound and Banyen Books & Sound on Wednesday, September 24; Banyen Books & Sound and The Cottage Bistro on Thursday, September 25; and Christianne’s Lyceum and Historic Joy Kogawa House on Friday, September 26.

For the full schedule of events, you can view the official program guide online or visit the Schedule page on our website for the most up-to-date information.

This year’s festival boasts 20 workshops, 100 readings, and 150 authors; and everything is FREE! Here at Word Vancouver, we believe this is one of the best things about our festival, and we really want to keep it that way. But we need your help. Our Keeping it Free campaign on Indiegogo runs from September 8-29, and any amount you can donate would be greatly appreciated!

We can’t wait to see you all at the festival!


Two Weeks To Go!

September 11, 2013

Western Canada’s primary literary festival returns in only two short weeks! We’re back with a new name and look and are very excited about the festival we have put together for you this year.

Poetry Vending MachineAlong with the debut of our new name and look, we are also introducing a new poetry initiative in 2013: The Automated Poetry Project. Through this project, Word Vancouver is transforming ordinary vending machines into poetry dispensers that will contain poems of BC and Canadian poets. The machines will be in multiple locations in downtown Vancouver during the month of September, including Bean Around the World at the corner of Hastings and Cambie and book’mark, The Library Store. There will be public readings by Automated Poetry Project poets as well, including one at a venue TBA on Wednesday, September 25. Stay tuned for more details!

hollyhockgardentotableThe popular Chapbook-Making Workshop returns to Carnegie Centre on a new day this year, Thursday, September 26. Also on Thursday is a demo and book signing at Banyen Books & Sound with Moreka Jolar and Heidi Scheifley, authors of Hollyhock: Garden to Table; and Twisted Poets Literary Salon at The Cottage Bistro. Word Vancouver returns to Historic Joy Kogawa House on Friday, September 27, for “Genesis of Play and Screenwriting” with playwright Dennis Foon.

Saturday, September 28, will bring a day full of professional development workshops at the Central Branch of the Vancouver Public Library. From “An Introduction to Story” with Nancy Lee to “Creating Content for Social Sharing” with Lisa Manfield, there are several useful workshops for writers of all levels.

Raven_hiresThe main festival day you know and love returns to Library Square on Sunday, September 29. The bustling and vibrant exhibitor marketplace will be located on Library Square and along Homer Street. Check out this year’s site map for full details about the site layout. You will notice on the map that our children’s venue, now called Kids Words, is located inside the library in the Harvey Southam Room (aka the children’s library). With authors such as Roy Henry Vickers and Robert “Lucky” Budd, Kallie George, and Sara Leach, there is something for children of all ages!

Carnival book coverThere will also be plenty of fantastic readings for adults in our Canada Writes and Poetry Tents. In the Canada Writes Tent you will find VPL Writer-in-Residence Rawi Hage, Peter Darbyshire, Adam Hart, Carellin Brooks, Shaena Lambert, and many more. The Poetry Tent will feature readings from Amber Dawn, bill bissett, klipschutz, and Vancouver’s Poet Laureate Evelyn Lau.

Are magazines your thing? Magazine Words will have everything from a “Haiku Death Match” with Ricepaper‘s Kim Fu and Elaine Woo to subTerrain‘s panel “From Zine to Tablet: A Quarter Century Journey.”

If you’re looking for more panels and writing workshops, you won’t be disappointed! Just visit Word Talks and Writing Talks downstairs in the library where you’ll learn about “Adapting Classic for the Stage,” gather tips on how to “Get Published” with Janet Love Morrison, and much more.

Ukesters 2 croppedAnd don’t forget the Mainstage! We have a superb lineup of talent to entertain festival-goers all day long. We are pleased to welcome back some of last year’s acts, including the Vancouver Youth Poetry Slam Team and The Ukesters, and also to welcome those new to the festival, including rockers Dead City Scandal and Mascall Dance. There’s a little bit of everything on the Mainstage this year, so be sure to grab a seat on the VPL steps and take it in!

Want more details about this year’s festival? View our official program guide online or visit our website for the most up to date information.


Magazine Programming

September 25, 2012

In addition to the bountiful book programming at The Word On The Street, there is also plenty of magazine programming to explore, including readings from literary magazine contributors, advice from experts, and more!

This year’s line-up of exciting magazine programming begins at Carnegie Centre on Saturday, September 29, with readings from Megaphone contributors. It then continues on Sunday at Library Square with readings and presentations in the Poetry Tent, Authors Tent, and Magazine Life Tent.

Be sure to drop by the Poetry Tent on Hamilton Street for readings from Malahat Review contributors Ben Rawluk, Russell Thornton, Rachel Rose, and Bren Simmers. Readings from Room Magazine contributors Carol Shillibeer, Fiona Tinwei Lam, Crystal Sikma, and Katherine Poyner-Del Vento will follow.

The Authors Tent will also host some excellent magazine readings, including subTerrain contributors Barbara Stowe and Madeline Sonik, and PRISM international contributors Yasuko Thanh and Katie Fritz.

For a full day of magazine programming, check out the Magazine Life Tent! Learn about “Kale – The Easy to Grow Superfood” from BC Home & Garden contributor Sharon Hanna; how to “Make Your Home Magazine Beautiful” from Western Living‘s lifestyle and fashion stylist Nicole Sjostedt; and about “Healthy Eating on a Budget” from Health Action Magazine contributor Sondi Bruner. There will also be a discussion of the Sea Legs pinhole photography workshop conducted by Sad Mag and QMunity with queer youth; readings from Room Readers’ Choice Award semifinalists, as well as EVENT contributors Cathleen With and Evelyn Lau; and panel discussions including “There Is No ‘I’ in Reporter,” and Queer Poetics with Poetry Is Dead.

Full descriptions for all magazine programming can be found on our website or in the festival program guide.


The Word On The Street Returns This Month!

September 7, 2012

In just 3 weeks, Western Canada’s largest celebration of words and reading returns for its 18th year! Join us for a weekend jam-packed with FREE readings, workshops, entertainment, and more from Friday, September 28, to Sunday, September 30. As the festival draws near, we will be sharing all kinds of details about it here on the blog, so be sure to stay tuned!

On Friday, September 28, join us at Banyen Books & Sound for a talk and book signing with Peter Zuckerman & Amanda Padoan, authors of Buried in the Sky: The Extraordinary Story of the Sherpa Climbers on K2’s Deadliest Day, or at Historic Joy Kogawa House for an evening with playwright Marcus Youssef as he previews two of his upcoming premieres – Winners and Losers and How Has My Love Affected You?

On Saturday, September 29, we will return to Carnegie Centre for a day full of workshops and readings. Create your own chapbook with Mercedes Eng, learn how to do your best live reading with Hal Wake, join the DTES Poets for Open-Mic Poetry Night, and more! There will also be a workshop on writing, translation, and copyright held in the Alma VanDusen Room of the VPL Central Branch.

We will be back at Library Square and CBC Plaza on Sunday, September 30, for the main festival day you all know and love! Explore the extensive Exhibitor Marketplace, where you will find a variety of writing and publishing related vendors located at tables and tents all over the festival grounds, including inside the library in the promenade and downstairs in The Word Under The Street. From publishers and literacy organizations to magazines and independent comic book artists, you will find freebies, merchandise, great info, and more in the bustling Marketplace!

Take in a reading at one of our many author tents, and be sure to bring or purchase a book to have signed by your favourite author! Here are just a few of the authors appearing at this year’s festival: Annabel Lyon, VPL Writer-in Residence Meredith Quartermain, Chris Gudgeon, Arthur Black, George Bowering, WP Kinsella, Daniel Zomparelli, and Billeh Nickerson. There are many more booked, so be sure to visit our website or pick up a copy of the official program guide from your local library, bookstore, or coffee shop for a full list.

In addition to readings, you can also join an author for a workshop in Word Talks or Writing Talks. Learn to write your memoir with Naomi Beth Wakan, how to compose a love letter with Ricepaper‘s Ray Hsu, the practice of prolific poetry with Madeline Sonik, and more!

There is also plenty of magazine programming at this year’s festival. As always, the Magazine Life Tent will feature a wide variety of informative presentations, including “How To Make Your Home Magazine Beautiful” with Western Living‘s Nicole Sjostedt and “Cheap Eats: Healthy Eating on a Budget” with Health Action Magazine contributor Sondi Bruner, as well as panels and other magazine-related discussions and presentations. You will also find literary magazine contributors reading in the Poetry and Authors Tents.

For the comic, zine, and graphic novel enthusiast, be sure to check out The Word Under The Street, inside the library and downstairs in the Alice MacKay Room. In addition to visiting with the awesome exhibitors, you will also have the chance to learn from the experts! Peter Bagge, Robin Thompson, and Gord Hill will each give a one-hour workshop, so be sure to arrive early to ensure your spot!

In addition to all the fantastic literary events at The Word On The Street, you will also find some great entertainment on the Mainstage. With the Carnival Band, Ukesters, Vancouver Youth Poetry Slam Team, Upbeats, and more, there will be plenty of fun performances for the whole family to enjoy!

Speaking of families, there is definitely plenty of programming and activities perfect for you and your kids! Visit the Kids Tent for author readings, the Family Stage for more performances, and the Family Literacy Tent for your chance to make a collage button and to try your hand at soapstone carving. There are also young adult readings in the Authors Tent!

Check out our What’s On page for a full listing of venues and programming for the 2012 festival.  You can also view the full festival program online.


There’s Something for Everyone

July 17, 2012

From race horses to politics, to stories of the hippie days, suffragettes to road trips, squeezeboxes to love letters, and much more, Vancouver’s The Word On The Street is back for its 18th year with three days (September 28-30) of reading and writing excitement!

The main festival day is Sunday, September 30, where word lovers will find author readings, writing and publishing exhibits, musical entertainment, roving performers, children’s activities, workshops, panels, books and magazines, and more in and around Library Square and CBC Plaza, Homer and Hamilton Streets between Robson and Georgia.

Friday night programming (September 28) will take place at Banyen Books and Historic Joy Kogawa House, and Saturday programming (September 29) takes place at Carnegie Centre (Main and Hastings).

Highlights include readings by (among approximately 100 authors!) Annabel Lyon, WP Kinsella, Yasuko Thanh, Billie Livingston, Arthur Black, George Bowering, Brian Calvert & Chris Cannon (the Canada Party), Anakana Schofield, Kevin Chong, and George Murray (direct from Newfoundland!). Readers for children include Robert Heidbreder, Sylvia Olsen, Susin Nielsen, and Caroline Adderson.

David C. Jones will be the host of the Mainstage entertainment on the 30th featuring accordions, ukuleles, drumming, a poetry slam, and more.

The Word Under The Street (September 30), located in the downstairs of the library, features local alternative comic book artists and illustrated zine producers. Check out great comic sessions with comic book artists such as Gord Hill and Sam Bradd. Also downstairs in the library, there’ll be many panels and workshops such as a “love letter” workshop with Ricepaper Magazine and a memoir writing workshop with Naomi Beth Waken.

At Carnegie Centre, take part in a chapbook making workshop, a session on “how to do your best live reading” with Hal Wake, an open mic poetry night, and more!

FREE, accessible, and fun for all ages, Vancouver’s annual celebration of reading brings visitors face to face with our vibrant writing and publishing community. Check out our website for more details.

The Word On The Street is Canada’s favourite annual book and magazine extravaganza, taking place in Vancouver, Toronto, Kitchener, Lethbridge, Saskatoon, and Halifax.


Word On the Street Vancouver Marketplace

September 23, 2011

On Sunday, September 25th at Library Square, exhibitors can be found at tents and tables all over the festival site – inside and out! When you arrive at the festival, check out our festival program for a detailed map. Here’s a long list of all the exhibitors booked for this year’s festival: book publishers, magazine publishers, writing and publishing organizations, literacy programs, and much more. There’ll be books to buy, information to be gained, and treasures to be found!

[BB] = Book Bag Treasure Hunt
[SO] = Magazines offering subscription deals etc.

The Exhibitor Marketplace

Ad Hoc Committee Raising Funds to Rebuild the Slave Lake Library which was destroyed by a wildfire in May 2011. P14

Adaawx Publishing – First Nations 101 is an accessible and informative primer on First Nations issues. V23

The Alcuin Society The Bibliophiles! Visit our booth to see the art of the book at its finest. V13

Angst in the Sanctuary The “How Did You Die?” Show, Fictional Tales for the Un-Dead (evocative art and text) V26

Anvil Press publishes contemporary Canadian literature with a distinctly urban twist. T6

Arsenal Pulp Press is a Vancouver-based book publisher celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2011. T2b

Association of Book Publishers of BC represents BC-owned book publishers and believes a healthy book industry is essential to our cultural, social, educational and economic life. V38

Authors’ Circle provides support & services to authors, publishers and self-employed creative professionals. T17c

AWOG Publishing Independent Publisher Book Award Winner: ‘Best Regional Non-Fiction – Canada West.’ Visit us! V34

Banyen Books & Sound Canada’s most comprehensive bookstore focusing on Spiritual Traditions, Healing Arts, and Earth Wisdom: T9d

BC Book Arts Guild meets occasionally for presentations and to share works-in-progress. P17

BC Book Prizes celebrate the achievements of BC writers and publishers by producing the Lieutenant Governor’s BC Book Prize Gala and by touring finalist authors to communities throughout the province. P4
[BB] BC Coalition for School Libraries To advance literacy, culture and student achievement through school library programs in every school in BC. T17b

The 3-Day Novel Contest Fabulous fast fiction from the world’s most notorious literary marathon. V31

[BB] BC Teachers’ Federation works to provide a strong and stable public education for everyone. T9a

Bnei Baruch Kabbalah Education & Research Institute The largest group of Kabbalists in Israel, sharing the wisdom of Authentic Kabbalah with the entire world. V6

[BB] book’mark, The Library Store is a non-profit store raising funds for the Vancouver Public Library. P1

Book Warehouse Bargains, bargains, bargains, bargains, bargains, bargains, bargains, bargains, bargains, bargains, bargains, bargains, bargains! T11c

British Columbia Humanist Association We promote the principles of humanism and using science and reason to understand the universe. V12

[BB] Buddha’s Light Publishing An independent publisher of books. Hummanistic Buddhism – its goal is to enable people to realize spiritual practice in everyday living. T2d

Canada Council for the Arts / Conseil des Arts du Canada Visit our booth and celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Governor General’s Literary Awards! More at / Passez à notre kiosque et célébrez le 75e anniversaire des Prix littéraires du Gouverneur général! Plus d’information au T9c

Canadian Authors Association, Vancouver Branch We are a local organization with a national presence, founded on the principle of “Writers Helping Writers.” V17-18

Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild furthers the book arts in Canada through education, publications, exhibitions, and public outreach. P16

Canadian Children’s Book Centre encourages, promotes and supports reading, writing, illustrating and publishing of Canadian books for young readers. T17b

The Capilano Review (TCR) has published innovative and provocative literary and visual art side by side since 1972. V5

[BB] Carnegie Community Centre & Library Branch From library services to health fairs and cultural events. Discover what’s happening in the heart of the Downtown Eastside. P12

CARP – British Columbia is the largest association of people 45+ in Canada. V9

Chinese Canadian Historical Society of BC (CCHSBC) is dedicated to broadening the understanding of Chinese history in BC through research, documentation, preservation and education. V33

Christian Science Reading Room Your community’s resource centre on spirituality. V7

City of Vancouver Election Office VANCOUVER VOTES November 19, 2011. It’s your chance to choose. Information: call 3-1-1, visit

The Cook’s Tarot Collection of recipes/guidance based on the tarot’s Major Arcana. Achieve inner growth through cooking. V35

The Crime Writers of Canada promotes Canadian crime writing and presents the Arthur Ellis Awards. V22

[BB] Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) represents 80,000 workers in almost every community in BC. T4

[BB] CWILL BC Children’s Writers and Illustrators of BC A group of published writers & illustrators of works for children. We support each other and promote literature. T17a

D&M Publishers One of Canada’s largest independent publishers, Vancouver-based D&M is proud to celebrate its 40th anniversary. Join us and our authors for 40th Anniversary cake at 2:30. T2b

Early Years Community Program provides early years and family literacy programs across Vancouver. P9

The Editors’ Association of Canada – BC Branch promotes professional editing as key in producing effective communication. V39

The Epoch Times is an independent, globally oriented media, published in 17 languages. In Vancouver, enjoy Epoch Times in Chinese or English, print or online: T15d

[BB] The Federation of BC Writers offers comprehensive member support and innovative programs throughout the province and online including funded author visits to schools. V41

Friends of the Vancouver Public Library is a non-profit organization supporting the library. Visit book’mark The Library Store. P2-3

[BB] Hanyiidamo Sacred Arts & Healing “A Step Beyond Madness” chronicles the beginnings of the author’s spiritual journey. V30

Happy Science provides you with guideposts to happiness both in this world and the next. V11

Harbour Publishing is an award-winning publisher with a focus on BC history and geography. T6

The Heritage Group of Publishers is composed of Brindle & Glass, Heritage House Publishing, Rocky Mountain Books and TouchWood Editions. T2a

Historic Joy Kogawa House Come to our booth to meet author Susan Crean, 2011 writer-in-residence. V21

Humber School for Writers More than 280 of our grads are now published authors. T11a

IBBY Canada To honour and promote Canadian children’s books at home and abroad, advocate children’s literacy and support colleagues in developing nations. T17a

Islamic Circle of North America To promote better understanding between various cultures in Canada. V10

Island Blue Print / Printorium Bookworks BC’s book printing experts, building trust in client relations for over 99 years. T15a

Kwantlen Polytechnic University – Creative Writing Department Write Here. Write Now. BA Major in Creative Writing. Award-winning faculty, small class sizes. V4

Kwantlen Polytechnic University – English Department Educate your imagination in classes no larger than 35. BA English major and minor options are available. V4

The Langara Journalism Review covers trends and issues in Western Canadian journalism. T8

[BB] Martinez Consulting provides Spanish language guides for both teachers and students. V30

Meluki Book Marketing represents a wide range of British and Celtic books, maps, prints, journals, and calendars. V27

Moon Willow Press is a new publisher helping to sustain arboreal ecosystems while celebrating the written word. V32

New Star Books An independent Vancouver based publisher since 1970. T2c

ONE TO ONE Literacy Society This unique children’s program provides one on one reading tutoring for students by well-trained volunteers. T17d

[BB] Orca Book Publishers Award-winning, all-Canadian books for children. T15b

People’s Co-op Bookstore An amazing store, established in 1945, that carries social justice, kids, local authors, fiction, and more. T2c

[BB] Public Library InterLINK Use your library card at any of our 18 member libraries from sea to sky to Fraser Valley. P13

Robson Reading Series features live literature and cozy conversation with new and established authors. Visit V24

[BB] Ronsdale Press British Columbia’s literary press. T9d

Romance Writers of America – Greater Vancouver Chapter supports and encourages members in their pursuit of a professional career in romance writing. V42

The Rosedale on Robson Suite Hotel is located in the heart of the sports and entertainment district of downtown Vancouver. V37

[BB] SFU Writing and Publishing Program Do you write for work or pleasure? We offer over 100 courses related to writing and our instructors are writers. V3

Simon Fraser University – World Literature is designed for students interested in literature from around the globe, languages, cross-cultural dynamics and international travel. T11b

[BB] Simone Brenneman Her books will hold you spellbound in the fascinating though complex world of autism. V25

Simply Read Books Award-winning illustrated children’s books with inspired content, extraordinary artwork, outstanding graphic design, and quality production. Visit us at T6

Soka Gakkai International Association of Canada (SGI Canada) Value-creating Buddhist philosophy centered on promoting peace through culture, education, and individual happiness. V29

[BB] STIBC – Society of Translators and Interpreters of BC Certified professionals working in over 80 language combinations and following a strict Code of Ethics. V15-16

[BB] Surrey International Writers’ Conference Oct. 21-23, 2011. Workshops. Agents. Editors. Master Classes. Book Fair. “Writers Grow Here.” V19

Talon Books publishes work of significant literary and/or cultural importance by Canadian authors. T6

Thursdays Writing Collective runs free, drop-in creative writing classes at Carnegie Community Centre for Downtown Eastside residents. V2

Tradewind Books is a small Vancouver publisher specializing in books for children and young adults. T6

UBC Library Our 21 branches connect communities within and beyond the university and advance research, learning, and teaching excellence. Connect. Learn. Explore. T9b

Usborne Books has more than 1500 award-winning children’s books available. The best books for kids. V36

USC Education Savings Plans Inc. Information on free government grants available. Draw for a chance to win a $6500 RESP. V28

Vancouver Community College is BC’s largest literacy organization, offering basic literacy to first year university courses. P15

[BB] The Vancouver International Writers & Readers Festival presents engaging events for readers with acclaimed and emerging authors. V20

[BB] Vancouver Island University, Faculty of Arts & Humanities and Creative Writing & Journalism Department Highly qualified instructors, small classes, a beautiful campus – check out our BA programs. Love where you learn! V14

Vancouver Public Library Libraries are filled with great information, fun reads and many helpful free services. Discover what your Library has for you! P5-6

The Vancouver Public Library Foundation provides funding for family literacy programs, library services for marginalized people, multicultural programs and much more. P7-8

Vancouver Society of Storytelling connects oral literatures with the voices and listening ears of individuals, organizations, and communities through workshops, events, and an international festival. T15c

The Vancouver Sun Raise-a-Reader Visit the Raise-a-Reader booth to make your own personal bookmark and purchase a book. 100% of all funds raised go directly into literacy programs in BC. T18

Westcoast Calligraphy Society We study all forms of beautiful handwriting. Visit us for your free personal bookmark. P10-11

The Word Guild is an organization for Canadian writers and editors who are Christian. V8

The Writer’s Studio (SFU) Email to sign up for a free 20 minute mini-manuscript consult with a Writer’s Studio alumni. V1

The Writer’s Union of Canada is a not-for-profit organization established in 1973 to support and advocate on behalf of Canada’s book published authors. V40

The YMCA of Greater Vancouver is the largest provider of licenced childcare in the Lower Mainland. T17d

Magazine Exhibitors

ARC Poetry Magazine Canada’s National Poetry Magazine. T15c

BC’s Pet Connection is a health-oriented community pet magazine for the many pet lovers in our area. T8

British Columbia Magazine Discover BC’s beautiful places and remarkable people in well-researched articles and amazing photography found in British Columbia Magazine. T8

[SO] Dance International covers classical and contemporary dance locally, nationally, and internationally. Now in its 35th year. T8

DIVERSE is a Canadian magazine that explores multiculturalism through art, heritage, issues and events. T8

[SO] EVENT From literary heavyweights to up-and-comers, four decades of award-winning fiction, poetry, non-fiction, notes on writing and reviews. T8

[SO] [BB] Geist Magazine offers the best in narrative, photography, comix, poetry, puzzles, weird cartography and offbeat literary contests – and it’s 100% Canadian. T6

[SO] KNOW, for ages 6-9, answers all those what, why, where and how questions kids ask. T8

[SO] Lester’s Army is a literary organization that explores the relationship between young and old in society through publishing. T6

Magazine Association of BC There’s more to explore in BC’s magazines. Visit us to learn about our 80+ members. T8

Magazines Canada No matter what you’re interested in, there’s a Genuine Canadian Magazine for you. BUY CANADIAN! T8

Megaphone is a magazine sold on the streets of Vancouver by homeless and low-income vendors. T6

The New Quarterly offers a mix of fiction, poetry, and talk about writing. It’s an award-winning journal with a sense of fun. T15c

OCW Magazine is a biannual interdisciplinary art project dedicated to the cultivation of new ways of experiencing art. More info at: T8

Pacific Rim Magazine, produced by Publishing students at Langara College, explores connections between Canada and its Pacific Rim neighbours. T8

[SO] Poetry Is Dead is a young contemporary poetry magazine. T6

[SO] PRISM international publishes the best in contemporary writing and translation from Canada and around the world. T8 brings together the perspectives of progressive journalists from across the country–it’s news for the rest of us. T8

Ricepaper Nourish your mind with Canada’s only literary magazine featuring Asian Canadian arts, culture, and commentary. T8

[SO] Room is Canada’s oldest journal of writing and art by, for, and about women. T8

subTerrain has been a source of “Strong Words for a Polite Nation” since 1988. T6

Vancouver Is Awesome Vancouver Book Club, a project of, is a community of readers and writers who connect regularly with meetings. T8

Vancouver Observer draws upon contributions from its vast pool of writers to provide timely, topical local news coverage. T8

Vancouver Review Smart, lively, and surprising, Vancouver Review is an award-winning West Coast cultural magazine. T8

[SO] YES Mag The award-winning YES Mag brings science to life for children ages 10-15. T8

Family Literacy Tent

Britannia Community Services Centre Society develops and provides educational, recreational, library, and social services for the communities of Grandview-Woodland and Strathcona. T21

[BB] Canucks Family Education Centre (CFEC) offers five adult-focused, four-component family literacy models that address school-based transitions in five locations in the Lower Mainland. T21

Frontier College is a national non-profit literacy organization that incorporates volunteer mobilization, youth development, and community capacity building. T21

HIPPY Canada (Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters) is a family literacy program for immigrant, refugee, and low-income families in Vancouver. T21

The KidSafe Writers’ Room at Queen Alexandra Elementary School In the Writers’ Room, students work on creative literacy projects with volunteer tutors. T21

Scholastic Book Fairs is a highly dedicated team providing products and services to help children become lifelong learners. T21

The Word Under the Street Exhibitors – Presented by Mint Records

The Black Dot Museum of Political Art presents lectures, book launches and art exhibits.

Carina Piccioni Autobiographical comic book tales of a young woman in the city! Also, poster illustrations.

Cinema Sewer is the underground film journal dedicated to the world’s sickest and sexiest movies.

Cloudscape Comics Society is a collective of artists based in BC. We will be offering our anthologies, including our newest work; 21 Journeys.

Colin Upton has been creating small press and indie comics for a quarter century. As well, Colin is a lowbrow painter, illustrator, writer, public speaker, flanuer, miniaturist, wargamer and in the past he has dabble in performance art and music.

The Comic Legends Legal Defense Fund provides financial relief for Canadian comics, professionals, or readers whose right to free speech has been infringed by civil authorities.

Downspace Creative Kim Glennie is an animator/illustrator; Derek DeLand, an architect. Hijinx ensue! Emily & Zola, The Woods, Copyright Infringers, SWELL(™).

Ed Brisson is the writer behind the Shuster Award nominated crime comic series “Murder Book.”

Fun Men Press is Vancouver’s very best variety in independent comics and art. Believe it!

Jason Turner is the artist and cowriter of the One Book One Vancouver nominated series True Loves.

Jenna Sokalski likes to combine her passions for writing and drawing to create comics. Nifty!

Lost City Comics Jonathon Dalton draws comics about strange worlds and the ordinary people who live there.

Mangy Cur Press features the talents of Sydney More, and is offering a large selection of her fine work.

[BB] Mint Records Home to Nardwuar, The Pack a.d., Hot Panda, Geoff Berner, Carolyn Mark, Kellarissa, and many, many more!

Mostly Monsters Fun monster themed table with colouring books, zines, cards, and more!

Patremoir Press’s Fathers celebrates Atwood, Churchill, Kafka, Lessing, Ondaatje, Toews and Woolf under the street.

Steve Rolston Artist of comics Ghost Projekt, Emiko Superstar, Pounded, Escapists, and Queen & Country!

Tiny Vices Mary Karaplis is a Vancouver born comics artist specializing in single panel illustration and images that pack a punch.

Tough Sissy Girl Colour me, draw me, paint me, read me, make me, collaborate with me, visit us!

Rosencrantz Comics Jesse Davidge will be showcasing the first volume of Mathemagicks & Mystiphysics and doing $5 drawings of anything you want!!

Vancouver Comic Con Producers of comic book & pop culture memorabilia shows for over a decade. Visit us at


Friday and Saturday programming at Word On The Street

September 22, 2011

Saturday September 24 – Carnegie Centre

New this year, a full day of readings and workshops at CARNEGIE CENTRE. Take part in a chapbook making workshop, an open mic poetry night, readings by Evelyn Lau (Living Under Plastic), Richard Wagamese (One Story, One Song), poets taking part in 100,000 Poets for Change, and more. Events take place between 11 and 7.

Friday September 23 – Banyen Books & Sound, Historic Joy Kogawa House

BANYEN BOOKS & SOUND – Enjoy a talk by Carolyn Herriot, author of The Zero-Mile Diet: A Year-Round Guide to Growing Organic Food. (6:30-8)

HISTORIC JOY KOGAWA HOUSE – “Make a Collage Button” with Laura Bucci and meet Susan Crean—Historic Joy Kogawa House Writer-in-Residence. (7-9)

Full program details at:

And remember, all Word On The Street events are free!